“Basically the[re] is no money out there,” moaned one submitter.
She only moaned, trembling like a broken twig vibrating in the wind.
He then put his hands affectionately on the Frenchman's head, and moaned and wept.
Too bad that such glorious chances escape me all the time, he moaned.
While giving these orders he moaned and groaned continually, as if in a state of delirium.
Mary wept and Martha moaned, Mary's gone to a world unknown—second verse or stanza.
He moaned and raved all this time in the most incoherent and distracted manner.
Presently she moaned again, and I made her lie down on the bed.
“Hurts,” moaned the poor fellow, beginning to rub his chest.
“Vic Henderson writes such colorless stories, too,” she moaned to herself.
c.1200, "lamentation, mourning, weeping; complaining, the expressing of complaints; a complaint; lover's complaint; accusation, charge," probably from an unrecorded Old English *man "complaint," related to Old English mænan "complain, moan," also "tell, intend, signify" (see mean (v.1)); but OED discounts this connection. Meaning "long, low inarticulate murmur from some prolonged pain" is first recorded 1670s, "with onomatopoeic suggestion" [OED].
mid-13c., "mourn (someone); regret, bewail;" c.1300, "to lament, grieve; utter moans;" probably from Old English *manan, related to mænan "to lament" (see moan (n.)). From 1724 as "to make a low, mournful sound." Related: Moaned; moaning.